How to take care of your mental health

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Taking care of your mental health is becoming more and more a necessity and more common nowadays. A lot of us don’t know how to properly take care of our mental health

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So here’s a guide on how to do so in the most beneficial way possible.

  1. Practice gratitude: Keep a journal with you so you can write down something you’re grateful for every day.
  2. Connect with friends and family. Make time for the people you care about.
  3. Go outside. Try to get at least 30 minutes of sunlight each day to improve your mood and increase energy.
  4. Meditate. Set aside a few minutes each day to center yourself.
  5. Get a good night’s sleep. Try fixating your sleep schedule, to get more sleep.
  6. Improve your physical wellness. Try to exercise at least a few times per week and eat healthier.
  7. Try out different ways of coping with stress. Find something that works for you, such as going for a walk, yoga, deep breathing, listening to music, etc.
  8. Do something kind. Making someone else happy will make you feel happy, too.
  9. Make time for yourself. Set aside time each day to be alone and recharge.
  10. Do something you enjoy. Practice a hobby, watch a TV show you like, read a book, etc.
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Journal (how to)

Lately people have been talking about journaling, writing in their journal… It isn’t something new, you’ve probably used a diary when you were younger and now stopped.

In this article we will focus on why keeping a journal is important nowadays.

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Let’s start with the benefits you gain from journaling:

  • Manage anxiety
  • Reduce stress
  • Cope with depression
  • Helping you prioritize problems, fears, and concerns
  • Tracking any symptoms day-to-day so that you can recognize triggers and learn ways to better control them
  • Providing an opportunity for positive self-talk and identifying negative thoughts and behaviors
  • Relax and meditate each day.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Exercise regularly—get in some activity every day.
  • Treat yourself to plenty of sleep each night.
  • Stay focused on your goals (daily or the big ones).

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How to journal

These are some tips that will help you get started: (pick what suits you best)

  • Try to write every day: make time for it, spare 10-20 minutes a day to focus on writing.
  • Make it easy: Keep a pen and paper handy at all times, if you prefer digital journaling, keep your notes app always available.
  • Write or draw whatever feels right: Your journal, your rules. Nothing is write or wrong when expressing your thoughts or emotions.
  • Use your journal as you see fit: Your emotions and vulnerability are private, so is your journal.

So as you can see, keeping a journal and using it everyday will help you make your day happier, better and worth it.

10 signs you need a break urgently

We all hit rock bottom at some point of our lives. Burnouts are more and more common, progressive depression and chrocnic fatigue are sadly became a normal routine.

But it’s never too late to take a break. Here’s 10 signs your body is telling you it needs a break.

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1- You get sick more often

Due to high levels of stress, lack of sleep, and lack of energy your immune system gets weakened. That way your chances of getting sick will increase too.

2- Stressing about the past more than the future or the present

Your past is “haunting” you more than normal, a past trauma, a broken friendship, self-doubt and past action reflection.

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3- Neglecting yourself

Due to this whole roller-coaster of emotions you start feeling that self-care takes a lot of energy and that you just let yourself go. You feel like “saving” energy on everyday tasks.

4-Always sad

With everything you’re going through, your emotions are tuning in more, your sadness is much more intense, and you might be feeling sadness all the time.

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5- Tired but can’t sleep

You’re emotionally and physically drained but it’s impossible for you to sleep.

6- Restless

You feel the need to constantly move, being unable to calm your mind, or a combination of the two

7- No motivation

You have absolutely no motivation to even get by the day. You don’t find motivation to do pursuit your passions even.

8- No concentration

You find yourself zoning out, or distracted by anything.

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9- You’re withdrawn

You cancel, avoid, and cut yourself from the outside world, because you’re tired or not in the mood

10- Drained energy

You want to sleep 16 hours a day and not do a thing, you just wanna rest.

It’s true that life gets by pretty quickly, but if you have 5 or more of these signs, your body is in desperate need of a break. Take a day off, take care and pamper yourself. You deserve it!

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how to celebrate small success and why it’s important?

All our lives, we’re wired to wait for big things to be happy about, a big announcement, big achievement are worth celebrating. But the process leading us to get that big announcement or achieve that big goal is important and there’s a rollercoaster of small successes that are worth celebrating that we ignore. (cute gifs are included)

Speaking of which, most of the time we get attached to big events happen that we get so sad while waiting to accomplish our goals, which delays our goal from happening.

So here’s how you can celebrate small successes and adopt a more celebratory approach to life.

1- Treat yourself

Go on that fancy dinner with your friends or alone too, buy something delicious or even a gift to congratulate yourself.

2- Take a day off

Spend a well-deserved, earned me day, celebrating and taking care of yourself.

3- Write your feelings

Writing your feelings about a happy event will help rewire your brain when things get bad one day.

4- Blast some celebrating music and have a dance party

Music is the body’s harmony, dance to the rhythm and forget the world around you, just celebrate yourself and your current reason for extreme happiness and joy. 

5- Dress up for no reason

Dress up, for you alone at home, maybe cook a delicious dinner or go out have a fancy dinner with yourself

6- Go to dinner with your friends

Celebrating with your friends is a good way to share your happiness with.

7- Journal your small successful steps.

This way when you accomplish your goal, you’d have written proof of every little step you’ve gone through that lead you to your big accomplishment.

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Food To Fight HeartBurn.

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Heartburn or reflux is a common, discomfort among a lot of people. It’s an acidic sensation that goes from zero to a complete nightmare. Though, while it’s curable and might be a little fixable some cases are really dangerous and needs medical care right away.

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What’s heartburn anyway?

Heartburn is a burning pain in your chest, just behind your breastbone. The pain is often worse after eating, in the evening, or when lying down or bending over.

Common Symptoms

  1. A burning pain in the chest that usually occurs after eating and may occur at night
  2. Pain that worsens when lying down or bending over
  3. Bitter or acidic taste in the mouth

When to see a doctor

  1. Heartburn occurs more than twice a week
  2. Symptoms persist despite use of over-the-counter medications
  3. You have difficulty swallowing
  4. You have persistent nausea or vomiting
  5. You have weight loss because of poor appetite or difficulty eating (Source)
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Foods to avoid at all cost

1. Citrus foods and tomatoes
2. Sugary Goods
3. Fried food
4. Spicy food and garlic
5. Chocolate

Foods that can help ease the pain/discomfort

1. Banana
2. Oatmeal
3. Soy Milk
4. Soup,Warm Not Hot!
5. Chamomile Tea, Warm Not Hot!

Keep in mind: Some foods listed here might have the opposite effect, each body it’s own norms, we recommend to always keep a food diary and remember all the foods effect on your stomach. If symptoms get worse, please go to your doctor.

Have a healthy, happy, self-improving, self-loving day!

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How To Prepare For Spring

A new cycle has begun, Spring is here! We’ve got a lot to prepare for, mentally and physically.

We all know how seasonal changes affects our health; mentally and physically. But nothing is unpreventsilanl or even unpreparable for. Here’s a guide on how to be fully prepared for Spring Season!

1. Start by Cleaning your house.

Cleaning your house comes as an essential part of the process to embrace this new beginning. Cleaning your house, part by part, will help you change your physical ambiance to a more natural and springy feeling. This will put your mind in a welcoming calm vibe for spring.

2. Cleanse your energy

There are a lot of ways to cleanse and prepare your energies that are shifting into a new cycle. Rituals are essentials, stock up on sage, crystals, scented candles, and essential oils.

3. Draw yourself a cleansing bath.

Draw your bath as you normally would but, this time add some essential oils (lavender is a good choice), detoxifying bath salts. Warm water of course plays a very important role in this cleanse too.

4. Drink infused water

As the air gets warmer and the sun stays out longer to play, we most likely will need to up our intake of water. And what a better and more appealing way to start your water intake than by decorating it with some fruits and flowers. Here are some of the cool and delicious recipes: click here.

5. Get some nature in.

As the breeze and the cool weather starts to show more and more throughout the season, being in touch with nature is super important and highly recommended to keep you grounded and calm.

6. Start your workout plans

Spring will bring you more joy and motivation to workout, the sun is out the weather is warmer. So it’s time to work that summer body!

7. Step your skincare.

With the sun being much more out throughout the day, it’s important to keep your skin protected and safe. If you don’t already use sunscreen as part of your skincare routine it is important to apply it everyday.

8. Start meditating

Morning outdoor meditation are a big win for your spirituality journey. It calms your mind, body and soul while absorbing all that fresh vitamin D from the sun. Click here for our guide on how to meditate.

9. Add some flowers to your house

Adding flowers, freshly collected from a garden if possible, is part of being connected more and more to spring and this whole shift in cycles. They give positive vibes all over the room and will make you calmer and joyful.

10. Change your diet

Changing your diet every now and then, is a fun and healthy way to keep your body amused and healthy. Eating with the season, is healthy, fun, and mindful too. So don’t be scared to switch it up a little every now and then.

How to have a relaxing/healthy bedroom?

Having a healthy and relaxing bedroom is an absolutely gorgeous goal to have in our houses, so for the second time, i asked Jessica Abou Jaoude to tell us more about the renovation of the bedroom!

Each area in the project follows the same steps in order to be delivered in a proper way.

In this article we will be discussing bedroom’s design as a first example.

Starting by the layout.

It is better not to place the bed under the window.

Neither to place it directly in front of the door As per the feng shui(it reminds of the dead body while taking out of the room)

The ideal location of the bed is where it is welcoming you as shown in the picture below

It is better not to place a tv in a bedroom to keep it relaxing and specific to sleep.

Do not place a mirror infront of a bed.

Let’s step into few tips for the bedrooms

By feng shui

-do create a safe haven for sleep rest intimacy and recharging your spirit and body

-don’t keep more than a few books in your bedroom they are too stimulating.

-do remove as much electronic equipment from your bedroom as possible especially televisions, stereos… which emit electromagnetic energy that is determinantal to rest, health and fertility

-don’t use round windows, skylights or unusual ceilings in a bedroom as these shapes create odd pockets that collect negative energy.

-do use plants and flowers to introduce healing yang energy into an ill or convalescing person’s bedroom

-do keep your bedroom free of clutter and minimize the amount of furniture so that chi, or life energy can flow easily throughout the room

-don’t have any aquariums in your bedroom, where they are considered unlucky and can lead to loss of wealth

-do encourage your child to study in the NE area of his or her bedroom to facilate learning and achieve scholarly success.

Once you achieve all these points correctly you can start by picking your favorite palette

(we will be discussing colors in another article)

And you can design whatever suits your bedroom correctly…in order to start the execution based on that!

How to “house decor” well-being

Home decor is an important factor in boosting your well-being. It’s a fun activity and a necessity at the same time. So, to bring more information about the impact of good home furniture and items organization on our mental health, I allowed myself to ask my friend, Jessica Abou Jaoude, to answer some of the most popular questions related to our topic today.

 Jessica Abou Jaoude is an Alba graduate with an amazing eight years of experience in architecture-landscape-interior design-furniture consultant, who also adopt a healthy lifestyle, 

So first, How can interior design affect our mental health?

<<Interior is very important because wherever we go we might be affected by an interior ambiance. Our house – hospital – restaurants – malls. Due to quarantine lately, we might notice the importance of our interior and how it’s affecting our mental health.

To start with, it is important to know what we like and feel comfy around.

A simple exercise can answer this question to the people who don’t know what color they like. “Open your closet and search for the color you wear the most, It may help figure out the color we will need the most because it will be the color you feel comfortable in.

If you like black or neutral colors, you are more into minimalism.

This step can help you identify the style you like and feel comfortable with within your house.

To understand the importance of applying each color in the specific area,

Close your eyes and imagine redecorating your room with red ceramic tiles, red wall painting, Red lights, curtains, and bed. Then tell me how many seconds would you resist in such a Red space. Red is a yang energy color that is too active and will disturb the occupant.

Here comes the feng shui to explain and help us turn our interior into a comfy one.

It helps us by allowing us to listen to our five senses and turning the interior to be as perfect as our mother nature.

Fast food restaurant colors are yang therefore, you eat quickly and leave.

Spa and hospitals are more into blue and green relaxing colors.

Now, how can we fix our houses and bedrooms decors and make them greener:

<< First of all, we need to pick a style we like. It’s important to reduce the quantity of furniture and stuff in our room or living area fix colors to our interior (the right color to the right place) and add some greeneries.

Materials are so important and, they affect our mood and mental health as per the furniture selection and colors:

Mirrors in small places to make it bigger. Painting can help but, it depends on the drawing and where to hock it.

Lightings are so important either from the sunlight (we must have a window in each bedroom) or warm bulbs color can help stay calm and relaxed (bedroom). Cool lights can be used in spaces we need to stay focused and awake (kitchen sometimes in a living room)

Daylight can be used as task lights (in our kitchen above the island or countertop / on any desk we have or working office or space).

And finally, do green plants affect our mental health?

<<Greenery helps a lot with reducing stress and staying calm plus having a special mood, a view on our garden from either our room or reception area is always a plus And in case we don’t have this luxury we can bring the outside into the inside (feng shui style)

Adding some plants inside our house can help a lot (we must be careful about the kind of plants we pick a few plants are specific for the interior and can provide oxygen to have a healthy interior)>>

So to sum up, the interior can affect positively or negatively. It’s our job to take it seriously and make our living areas more comfortable and relaxing.

Thank you so much Jessica Abou Jaoude, for these important pieces of information you provided us with!

Stay safe, stay green, stay positive!

How to draw a bath?

Baths are one of the most relaxing things you can prepare for your comfort. But a lot of times, something does not feel right when we draw the bath for ourselves. So here’s a guide to a very satisfying and relaxing experience in a bathtub.

First: Make yourself a drink. It could be; wine or tea. 

Second: Put on some music to set the mood. You can lit some candles too. (Or use aromatherapy)

Third: Fill your tub halfway with warm water and sea salt, or you can put a bath bomb of your choice.

Fourth: Before getting into the tub, dry brush your full-body to make sure that your blood is fully circulating to be more relaxed in the tub soaked in soap and warm water.

Fifth: Put a face mask on.

Sixth: Lose your warm robe and relax in the bathtub. 

Seventh: Don’t forget to bring a book or something to enjoy your time and don’t get bored quickly.

Eighth: Make sure that your water is still warm. You can add a little salt too.

Ninth: When you feel like it or that you’re bored, take a quick shower to clean your face and your body from the dirty/soapy water.

Tenth: Drain the tub and apply some moisturizer on your face and body. So, you will feel fresh and more relaxed after giving your body a massage.

Enjoy your bathtub ritual and self-pampering time, and prioritize self-care.

It is not recommended to stay in the bath for more than 30 minutes.

Important lifestyle addition: Self-talk

When you are alone or phasing out, you practice a lot of self-talk, analyzing speeches, pep-talks, the bad ones specifically. So in this article, we will see how healthy self-talk is for your mental health and well-being.

Let us see what self-talk means:

Self-talk is the combination of words and sentences we tend to say to ourselves. While thinking about something, analyzing our current situation, or what you are about to do in the future. Self-Talk tends to be negative because, as I said before, we tend to be hard on ourselves due to society.

The importance of Self-Talk:

Only you can motivate you. Self-talk reflects your self-image. How you truly feel about yourself, how you see yourself, and what you believe in yourself. People’s opinions and comments can influence your self-talk.

The brain is like a machine. Whatever data is entering its system, it will adapt to work thoughtfully. So an example of negative self-talk: I am not good enough, I am not beautiful enough, I’m not worthy… ” your brain will automatically think nothing but these things about you. You will always feel drained, tired, unmotivated, and “unworthy”!

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But on the other hand, if your self-talk is positive: I’m lucky, talented, worthy, The whole universe will switch in your favor because you will see the universe from another perspective. You will feel more energetic, happy, motivated, and getting your blessings one after the other!

Positive self-talk is essential for one’s survival. It doesn’t come easy but, once it shifts from the negative, this is where you will get going in life. Choosing the right words when describing yourself always comes in handy and, your life will automatically change for the better. Your performance will boost so will your well-being. Your healthy mind will blow you away with its creativity and the potential that it will give you in return.

Practicing positive self-talk is essential for you to live a healthy life with a boosted well-being. Listening to good music, surrounding yourself with mentors and positive friends helps with your self-talk and your self-image.